Greg Peters was a good old hippie, right down to the long hair, beard and his job as a clerk in a head shop.
He was a peaceful sort, his friends say, who loved music and friends while letting the good times roll.
It was 10 years ago, the night before Thanksgiving, when Peters was shot and killed while working at the Odd Corner in Akron.
During all this time, his sister Rene’ Keene has called Akron police detectives once or twice a month from her home in North Carolina.
It’s pretty much always the same conversation.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have much to go on,” Detective James Pasheilich said.
At one time, a $20,000 reward was dangled to the public with the hope of shaking out some information. It didn’t work; police still have no suspects.
“It’s devastating,” Keene said. “I’m mad. I’m sad. I’m pissed because I know somebody knows something.”
Peters, 50, was working the counter at the Odd Corner, on East Exchange Street near the University of Akron, during the night of Nov. 26, 2003.
At one point, a man with a bandana covering his lower jaw came in with a gun. As two customers scurried out, the gun fired, and Peters was struck in the chest. He never recovered.
There is no surveillance video to view. No DNA to compare. No fingerprints to dust.
“Unfortunately, there’s just not much here to work with,” Pasheilich conceded.
Peters was born in Moundsville, W.Va., but spent most of his life in Akron, where he graduated from Garfield High School in 1971. He worked at Akron General Medical Center and the Summit County Department of Human Services before taking a job as a clerk at the Odd Corner. He never married, but he had a girlfriend he lived with at the time of his death.
The small store — once called a “head shop” that sold bongs and rolling papers — also sold posters, tie-dye shirts and smoking supplies, police say.
At one point after Peters’ death, owner Harry Jackson posted a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Peters’ killer. Just this fall, Jackson was sent to prison for four years after selling bath salts from his relocated store.
The reward by Summit County Crimestoppers is at $2,000.
Peters was once described as “a simple man, a grown-up hippie.” He lived nearby, in a house long owned by his family on Rankin Avenue.
Keene said her brother was “easygoing, affectionate and enjoyed taking care of people.” His loss and the 10 years without an arrest have been difficult, she said.
“I don’t know how I’ve had the strength to get through this,” she said. “It’s unexplainable. Like a broken heart.”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Akron detectives at 330-375-2490.
Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677) or by texting TIPSCO plus the tip to 274637. Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.
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